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Lady Flames to Host Longwood and CSU

September 30, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Lady Flame Aimee Luurtsema

Lady Flame Aimee Luurtsema

The Liberty women's soccer team will continue a four-game homestand this week, hosting Longwood today at 4 p.m., and opening conference play Saturday, facing Charleston Southern at 1 p.m.

The Lady Flames (2-6) are coming off a 4-0 shutout of visiting Francis Marion on Sept. 24. Sophomore Silvia Betancourt scored two goals in that contest, while Laura Nyholt and Maria Owen each recorded their first goal of the year.

Betancourt leads the team with four goals on the season, followed by freshman Madison Short with two. Owen has taken 26 shots over the first eight games, ranking third in the Big South with 3.25 shots per game, while Betancourt has made 18 attempts. Keeper

Karen Blocker has played all 720 minutes in goal, recording 51 saves for a 2.00 goals-against average. Blocker currently leads the Big South with 6.38 saves per game.

The Lancers (7-3) are on a two-game winning streak after road victories over Mount St. Mary's, 4-1, on Sept. 25, and Big South member VMI, 2-1, on Sept. 27. Longwood is led by Michelle DeSieno, who has scored six goals on the year, while goalkeeper Kyra Byron has made 22 saves on the season.

Liberty is 5-2-1 all-time against the Lancers, falling in last year's contest, 2-0, on August 28 at Longwood.

Saturday's matchup with Charleston Southern marks Liberty's first conference game of the season. The Lady Buccaneers (7-3), are coming off a 3-2 win over Francis Marion on Sept. 27 in Florence, S.C. The team is led by Marky Boyce with seven goals and seven assists, while keeper Alyssa Budros has tallied 21 saves for a 1.42 goals-against average.

The Lady Flames are 7-10-2 against Charleston Southern, and the Lady Buccaneers have won the last three contests. The two squads last faced off on Sept. 27, 2008, when Charleston Southern took a 2-0 decision in Lynchburg.